I was impressed by Riverside’s commitment to visibility. This transparency manifested itself in every corner, every crevice, every curve of the school’s physical and mental space. Out of all the posters lining the wall, a yellow one stuck out to me, not just because of its brightness. It read, “Cool girls respect themselves,” “Cool guys respect their girls,” and “it’s time to abUse your power.” The words “respect” and “use” were pink among the other black text. I learned that the poster was created by Riverside girls as a reaction to the Delhi rape. I think that it is simply another example of willingness to acknowledge an existing issue and provoke conversation regarding that issue, and conversation invites critique of the community. In fact, after seeing the poster, I was particularly aware of the gender dynamics among students while on my tour. I found in comparing them to those of the village we had just visited that the same separation of male and female spheres in the village were not part of the visible culture of Riverside where male and female students sit side by side at the same table; however, the confidence of the male students in calling out answers to their teacher in the second grade class I visited surpassed that of the female students’. I noticed while the twelfth graders presented that the boys interrupted their female peer, but never one another. Of course, I have only a few minutes of experience in the Riverside community, but I think that it reflects the school’s philosophy that I was able to observe so much in so little time. I learned that Riverside faces outward through its transparency which invites students, teachers, and visitors alike to making connections to broader contexts. Thank you so much for sharing that opportunity with us. --Soha